New Lead Exposure Rule a Step Towards Racial Equity, says Network


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed the strongest measures yet against lead exposure in residential buildings and child care facilities. The proposed rule would place the threshold to be considered hazardous at any level higher than zero, establishing any amount of lead in a building as a health hazard. On the proposed rule, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) Director of Healthy Homes and Communities Kelvin Boddy issued the following statement:

“Toxic lead is extremely harmful especially for young children, so we applaud the EPA for proposing that there is no acceptable level for lead exposure. For far too long, lead has caused irreparable harm to thousands of families, disproportionately impacting Black and Brown households thanks to a legacy of structural racism and redlining in this country. However, stricter policies such as this and public investments to eliminate lead poisoning can help towards building strong, healthy communities for all residents.”

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